Will Invisalign Help with My Overbite?
Like traditional metal and wire braces, Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth and help align a patient’s bite to a healthier position. Patients with malocclusions (misaligned bites) such as an underbite or overbite, hold a higher risk for developing unnecessary tooth wear and painful disorders such as TMJ dysfunction. Contrary to popular opinion, braces do more than just straighten teeth; they help promote a healthier mouth.
An overbite, where the top set of teeth project further out than the lower set of teeth when the mouth is closed, leads to tooth wear because the teeth scrape unnecessarily against one another. Tooth wear caused by malocclusion leads to tooth enamel damage, the protective barrier surrounding a tooth that prevents decay. An untreated overbite may also result in extensive tooth damage such as a cracked tooth or an exposed root canal.
Invisalign works to correct crooked teeth and overbites by using clear, custom-fitted aligners made of plastic. Worn over a period of time, patients receive a new aligner of a slightly different size every few weeks. Over time, this aligners worn in succession slowly shift teeth to straighter positions. Invisalign was created by former Stanford University graduate students who wanted to create a more discreet and comfortable system for straightening teeth. This system offers additional benefits over traditional braces including the ability to remove Invisalign aligners when eating and cleaning teeth. Because they are made of soft plastics, patients do not experience discomfort that wearers of traditional braces do when they accidentally cut and scrape soft oral tissues on metal ligatures and brackets.
While Invisalign offers benefits such as overbite correction and straighter teeth, this system may not be right for every patient. To determine if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentist where your overall oral health will be evaluated including the positioning of your teeth and jawbones.
To learn more about Invisalign and other smile enhancing services, contact our office at 214-522-4330 to schedule your appointment.